Bulgaria’s utilities regulator has approved an 8.4 per cent cut in the regulated gas price in the country for the month of February, setting the new price at 71.08 leva a MWh, excluding transportation costs, excise and value-added tax.
The regulator said that it decided to lower the price for a second month running due to the price trends on international gas markets.
The Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) said that the long-term gas contract with Azerbaijan, which is linked to oil prices on international markets, rather than prices on gas hubs, once again played a key role in the price cut.
With Azeri gas accounting for 42 per cent of the forecast monthly consumption for February, EWRC said that it remained a positive factor in “achieving beneficial prices.”
The rest of the gas for domestic consumption was secured by state-owned gas company Bulgargaz via a liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery contract, as well as gas being pumped out of the country’s gas storage facility at Chiren, the regulator said.
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